Maintaining Positive Hobby Karma – Part 1

I’ve decided that I’m going to try to stick to a maintaining ‘positive hobby karma’ for the year. What does that mean? Well like many in this hobby I have a tendency to buy way too much and already have a backlog of projects that I’ll probably be dead before I will have time to finish assembling let along painting them all. Just properly auditing what I have stashed away probably wouldn’t be too good for my sanity so what to do about it?

Committing to not buying anything probably isn’t realistic, but being more sensible about what I buy undoubtedly would be and so this is what I am aiming to do:

  • When I do consider buying something new, I’m going to focus on am I actually going to paint or play within within 3 months of purchase? If not then park buying it.
  • Each month, I’m going to add up the number of miniatures that I have painted, sold or donated to a worthy cause and then subtract the number of new things I have bought – the net figure being my ‘hobby karma’ score and I’m going to aim to try to keep this net positive each month and failing that at try to balance for the year. If I really want to buy a big new GW box game then I’ll need to have either painted like a daemon or have had a serious clear out & give away.

So how did I do for January?
1 x Iron Warriors – Leviathan Pattern Siege Dreadnought
2 x Secret Weapon Miniatures Tablescapes Dungeon Mines sets
2 x Uruk Hai
1 x Skaven Plague Monk

Given away:
10 x Mantic Sci-fi zombies


Net hobby karma as of beginning Feb is therefore +16 – let’s see how long I can maintain a positive streak for!

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6 Responses to Maintaining Positive Hobby Karma – Part 1

  1. Henri hear you brother. When I look in my hobby storage lockers I’m both awe struck and dumb founded haha. I love collecting and seeing all the unopened boxes makes me feel like it’s Christmas but at the same time I feel shamed by it haha. Like you I have sort of out a lot of thinking into this phenomenon and predicament and, this year, have tried to discipline myself more with painting. Instead of constantly converting I’m determined to finish off projects and that means a whole load of painting. So far so good for 2019. Hope you go well man

    • heretic30k says:

      Thanks – hobbying is normally a great source of calm & relaxation for me, but I do get a bit stressed when I have too much unorganised mess. Decluttering certainly helps to focus what to work on 😉

  2. Jenn says:

    This was a really awesome read and I like the ‘Khama calculator’ you’ve made up too, that’s really nifty.
    How do you factor things like Codexes (If you buy them) into the equation?

    • heretic30k says:

      Codexes are an interesting & vexing problem. Back in 5th-7th ed 40k I would normally religiously buy all codexes for any armies I had or liked the idea of potentially playing in hardback. When digital releases started I then fell into the trap of buying both physical & digital. I really like physical books but it is a pain in the arse to lug them around. Today I don’t actually play much 40k so I have bought very few 8th ed codexes unless I actually have games planned. I’m probably just going to donate all my old codexes to a friendly local game shop as I will probably never use them again. Going forward I like the Horus Heresy approach best: buy the stripped down ‘red book’ rules only releases in digital and then physical copies of the ‘black books’ campaign books – even when the rules are out of date they are still beautiful to look at and interested to read about the lore. Standard codexes aren’t as interesting to read.

  3. davekay says:

    Interesting system, I think we all need something to keep those impulse purchases in check! I’m currently using an 8:1 system, meaning for every 8 miniatures I paint, I will allow myself to order or buy another 1 (rounding down). I’ve painted 20 and bought none so far, so I have an unused allowance of 2.

    • heretic30k says:

      That is very strict! Then again I’m being fairly loose in that a single knight or dreadnought is not really equivalent to a guardsman, but I figured it wasn’t coming up with a convoluted balancing system. I find if I ignore the initial impulse buy of the current GW weekly release cycle hotness then I don’t usually end up subsequently buying it unless I actually have a specific event I am building towards. Moving away from GW games tends to make life cheaper due to the reduced number and frequency of releases. There have only been a couple of Antares releases from Warlord Games in the last 6 months for example so I’m much less likely to impulse buy.

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